The Package Deal

Message by Dr Kerim

La France s’est effectivement prouvée comme l’avocate d'une meilleure gouvernance mondiale! Mes félicitations au Président François Hollande pour avoir tracer le chemin pour parvenir à l’accord universel et historique du Bourget. Mes compliments au Ministre des affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius pour la réalisation impeccable de la COP 21. Mes salutations et félicitations aussi aux 195 pays qui ont reconnu la tache historique dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. 

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It represents a truly great and successful day for humanity and for the progress of climate change action that more than 195 nations came together in Le Bourget, France adopting a global Agreement. Pledging international cooperation and joint action in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, creating new methods and technology development in producing alternative energy and fostering effective international synergies to tackle climate change as an imperative concern for our world today, make the Paris Agreement essential and significant for all nations and humankind.

I want to congratulate and applaud all the relevant negotiations and talks that took place during this conference, and to commend President François Hollande for his leadership, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius for skillful conducting of the COP 21, and to all participating nations for paving the way to world leaders in reaching and adopting such essential priorities that will serve as postulates in the battle against global warming and climate concerns.

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After this maybe a bit emotional introduction, let us get back to the essence of it all.

The Paris Agreement, by its content and construction, is obviously a package deal. Everyone is aware that the way from Rio 1992 Earth Summit to Berlin 1995 (COP 1) to Paris 2015 (COP 21) was a long and arduous journey. It took longer than anticipated and required.

One might contemplate the reason behind such a prolonged journey, but the fact is that the lack of adequate approach or persistency by concerned parties in pursuing a package deal prevailed.

Today, we witness that all nations have realized the need and urgency in addressing climate change as a global threat.

Thus, we have finally reached the desired Agreement based on the recognition of the nexus between climate change, sustainable development and financing for development.

And, most importantly it consists of the relevant components required to successfully and comprehensively approach climate change concerns. These include:

- Mitigation

- Adaptation

- Loss and damage

- Finance

- Technology development and transfer

- Capacity-building

- Transparency of action and support

- Global stocktake

- Facilitating implementation and compliance

In addition to this, setting deadlines during the process of implementation is also extremely important in order to accomplish the goals set forth with the Paris Agreement.

In the period to come including the set deadlines in 2016, 2017, as well as 2023, which should serve not only to set the process in motion and to provide for stocktake, but rather to speed up the concerted action on all levels; locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

The United Nations should serve as the driving force to engage the whole world community and lead a joint action in keeping global warming under control. We definitely need to compensate in the next 35 years for all the delays and shortcomings in the past two decades.

We should look forward together, not only with great hope but with firm determination to succeed in this extremely important global endeavor.

13 December 2015
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas